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MotoGP, Petrucci, a candidate to replace Iannone

Sunday, 03 August 2014 11:01 by Paolo Scalera - MotoGP

Francesco Guidotti al box con Andrea Iannone - GPOne.comOn one hand Cal Crutchlow’s escape has simplified things for Ducati - which will no longer be forced to field three bikes - on the other has create some difficulties, especially to Pramac Team.

In fact, if Hernandez has already been confirmed, Andrea Iannone will be now moving to the official squad which will directly manage him, while originally he would have been managed by the Tuscan outfit despite being an official rider.

"It 's true. The news caught us by surprise, like everyone else - Pramac Team Manager Francesco Guidotti admits - and the solution is not around the corner. It’s not just a matter of finding a rider, but also to know exactly what we might expect from Ducati: Iannone was guaranteed a Ducati Factory spec as that of Dovi and Crutchlow, so what now? Before start talking with a rider one must know what one can offer. It’s crucial, so we have already started to talk with Gigi Dall'Igna about it".

Have you any idea yet?

"We wouldn't want to fall back on the usual names who, with all due respect, have already shown what they can do. Pramac would prefer to focus on a young rider and it’s a shame that the Moto2 actually hasn’t a lot to offer because it would be a good idea to pick someone from there".

Which names came out so far?

"Dall'Igna has a good relationship with Eugene Laverty and he knows him very well. Danilo Petrucci is also on the list. We have spoken with Stefan Bradl as well but he has already done with Forward. From WSBK there isn’t so much.... Jonathan Rea, maybe. As I said: we definitely have to clarify which material we will have next year but certainly we will take a decision shortly".

Three names, all good. Laverty, who currently lives in Monaco, has demonstrated to be fast when he was with Aprilia but he is 28 years old. Rea will hardly leave Honda. The only real young rider available would be Petrucci, who is 23 years old and so far has never had a bike fast enough to show his value. In addition he is Italian and even if Ducati have already two, it will actually work well for Pramac. Anyway the waiting for the name won’t be that long.

Translated by Federica De Zottis